Dorothy Day for Armchair Theologians

Dorothy Day for Armchair Theologians

by Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty


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If theology is about more than books and libraries, lecture halls and dusty debates; if theology is instead about lived experience, especially the experiences of those living at the margins of society's care and concern; if, in short, theology is about the real needs of real people, then Dorothy Day was one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century. In spite of having no formal training in theology, Day's work and writing on behalf of the poor and oppressed bears eloquent testimony to the creativity and courage of her theological vision. Her journalism for the Catholic Worker and her advocacy for the poor, women, ethnic minorities, and others come together to form a consistent theology of the church and its ministry to the world.

In this contribution to the Armchair Theologians series, Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty demonstrates how Day's tireless work on behalf of the marginalized arose from and articulates a deeply theological commitment to the Reign of God and the dignity of all God's children. This book is the perfect introduction to the Day's remarkable life and powerful vision.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664236854
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 09/05/2014
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty is Chair of the Department of Theology and Professor of Theology at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she is the coeditor of Prayers for a New Social Awakening and To Do Justice: Engaging Progressive Christians in Social Action and the author of Beyond the Social Maze: Exploring Vida Dutton Scudder's Theological Ethics.

Read an Excerpt

"Dorothy Day was more than an 'armchair' theologian

enjoying casual conversations about theology with friends

from the comfort of her easy chair. She was a theologian

with 'street cred.' Day commands respect because of her

experience living among, with, and as the marginalized. Her

awareness and knowledge of the challenges faced by people

living in poverty stemmed from and were shaped by her

relationships with them. The presumed distance of academic

objectivity does not apply to her story. She did more

than think and talk about her faith; she embodied it. She did

more than challenge the failures of the Christian church or

surrounding local community to address the needs of people

in poverty; she created new community." —from the introduction

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Growing to See the World in a New Way

Chapter 2. Synergy

Chapter 3. A Three-Pronged Program of Action

Chapter 4. A Social Mystic

Chapter 5. Living By an Ethic of Peace in a Culture Invested in War and Death

Chapter 6. Spreading a Gospel of Peace in the Age of Nuclear War

Chapter 7. Looking at Things as a Woman

Chapter 8. A Personal Postscript: Dorothy Day's Legacy for Contemporary Christians

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